Built in 1909, the Santa Monica Pier has evolved from a disposal operation, to a commercial fishing port, to the national treasure that it is today. One of the most recognizable destinations in California, the pier offers a wide range of activities and attractions whether you are a regular or a family on vacation for the weekend.
Upon arrival, take a quick stop in the visitors center for a map and some Santa Monica themed merchandise. Once you have your bearings, you’ll find that there’s something for everyone to do on the pier. For the shoppers in the group, you’ll find that “Marlene’s Beachcomber” and the “Oatman Rock Shop” have all of the beach essentials, from sunscreen to historic memorabilia.
For the adrenaline junkie, take a trip into “Pacific Park”, the pier’s very own amusement park, or maybe even try some trapeze lessons. For a friendly game of skeeball, check out the “Playland Arcade”. If you’re in awe of the history of the pier, take a ride on the historic carousel, or visit the very spot where the iconic Route 66 ends.
Finally, there are lots of options for those who just want to see the sights that Santa Monica has to offer. For a guided tour, hop on one of the “Starline Tours” buses. If you’re looking to blaze your own path, you can even rent a bike at “Blazing Saddles”.
With all the excitement of the pier, you are bound to work up an appetite, but don’t worry there are plenty of options for even the pickiest palette. From fine Italian dining at the Ristorante Al Mare to old-fashioned milkshakes and shakes at “Soda Jerks” everyone can find something to eat. If you plan on spending all day at the amusement park, you’re in luck, “Pacific Park” includes its own food court. Finally, for an authentic taste of Coastal California seafood, try “The Albright”, “Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.”, or even “Mariasol Cocina Mexicana” for a little Mexican flare.
How do you get there? Just head West! The most accessible area to enter the pier is the ramp on the corner of Ocean and Colorado Ave. There is ample parking at the end of this ramp, or in one of the lower lots, accessible via Appian Way. It’s a good idea to go online and reserve a discounted space ahead of time, that way you can spend more time enjoying all there is to see and do!
In the City of Angels, our West Los Angeles hotel's Century City location is close to the best attractions, from corporate studios like 20th Century Fox and MGM to the fabulous shopping featured on Rodeo Drive.
-All rooms have balconies
-Complimentary towncar service anywhere within one and a half miles of the hotel
-Complimentary newspaper and coffee until 11 AM in the lobby
-Complimentary health club and sauna for all the guests
-State of the art spa and new Shihatzu massage room
-Walking distance to Fox Studios and Westfield Mall in Century City
We strive to be one of the best values among LA hotels! We are one of the closest hotels to the airport and are pleased to offer all guests free parking, free hot breakfast buffet and free airport transportation. To arrange for shuttle pick up from the airport, please call the hotel from the courtesy phone located in the baggage claim area.
Our Los Angeles hotel features a complimentary airport shuttle and 24-hour service that will impress the most seasoned of travelers. The Ocean Express Trolley, which stops at the hotel every thirty minutes, can take you to Manhattan Beach and El Segundo Plaza. Easy freeway access makes it a breeze to visit such attractions as Hollywood, Disneyland and Universal Studios!
Complimentary WiFi, 24-hour Airport shuttle service to satisfy the needs of corporate travelers passing through LAX, while our hotel's convenient Los Angeles location makes us ideal for leisure travelers, too.
Here at the Candlewood Suites of Hawthorne, all of the amenities of home are at your fingertips. Rooms include a fully equipped kitchen spacious work desk and comfortable bedding. High-speed Internet access, a state of the art fitness center, business center and laundry room are all included at no additional cost. Parking is complimentary as well as transportation to/from LAX.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites located near the Los Angeles International Airport offers a free shuttle to and from the airport. For pick ups from the LAX Airport, please call 310-973-3333 after you collect your bags from Baggage Claim. Further instruction will be given.